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May 15th, 2013


This is the kind of blog comment that makes you want to know its author. It came as a response to my post, years back, on The Gift of Tongues. I post it today with immense gratitude for the time he took to write it and with appreciation for the depth of his insight. Enjoy. And if it makes you think a little, that was the idea.

This article is incredible, and very sincere. It lacks complexity, is non-scripted, incorporates truth, and is from the heart. Very rare today. Even Jesus’ ministry was rare and didn’t heed that much worldy attention. The 5,000 people He had to feed was not even a visible blemish considering world population at the time was exasperatingly way higher than that.

I want to say this, to someone, anyone out there who reads this. Just know that it is true, God is real. This gift of tounges, it’s real. Is it mysterious? Very. Can science and math explain it just like it attempts to explain one God in three persons? Let me ask you this.. Can you completely explain science without using ANY math and vice versa? The creation cannot explain the creator. Before the first mind, thought up the first mathematical renditions, math was already in existance. Science, government, math, philosophy are partial understands from God. Think of when you went to college. ‘101, 102, 103’ and so on course structures. Well, consider ALL the branchs of world and astro sciences are just a 101 to true reality. 101. Nothing more. Basic, as complex as they are. The Bible is also basic. Everything we need to live and to please God and protect ourselves can be found in the texts, but it’s still basic. So when it comes to human philosophies, including our understanding of the earth through sciences and numbers won’t we then be limited? Can a tree know everything about the ground it lies in? Before the tree, the ground was. Evolution should simply be defined by this statement: “The process in which God tests man by allowing his mind to move into more discovered roads of understanding and into even greater free will, stirred by permissable deceptive influencial interferrance.” (A book usually always gets more and more captivating up until it ends.) Using a two dimensional mind in two dimensional thought processes will produce two dimensional results. Period. Will oak trees grow from the pumpkin seeds you planted? So, instead of using our “problem-solving impulses” of our human nature so much so to the point of commiting idolatry (that is worshipping the tools He has given us instead of Truth), let’s give God…AND His mysteries, a chance. Just like you won’t grow muscles unless you eat food, you won’t know God unless you use faith. God’s glory is deep within the things He has chosen to HIDE from us. And us having to “know everything” further and directly proves how selfish, irrogant, and truly self-centered the fallen human race really is….and, driven by fear. Fear has many forms. One of it’s forms is to have to know, all the time. Have all and complete understanding, avoid unmistakable fate. Right? Wrong. Even if we knew everything, what would we do with what we knew being the world that we are?

Some things God does is a mystery. We, as people, might need to build a bridge and get over it.

Human understanding, mixed with our fallen state, incorporated with suggestions and lies of our unseen enemies will GREATLY use tactics, deception, stealth, and emotion to pervert God’s glory of concealment into division, seperation, confusion, indulgence, isolation and compulsion to rebuttal. Think of a painting suddenly springing to life and demanding the artist to tell it how he created the color blue. Shut up creation, and enjoy the beauty of what’s on the canvass. In this example, yes ignorance WOULD be bliss.

The enemy is good. No, you don’t understand, the enemy is very good. He invented deception. Think of the worst person you’ve heard of you can possibly imagine. Now think of that man, or woman, humbly and bashfully walking up to the very Thought that entered their minds and drove them into choosing to act and asking for it’s autograph.
There is so much more to the definition of the word ‘Lie’ then simply just “not telling the truth.” Picture the biggest mall you can possibly conceive and fill that mall with as many departments as you can think of. Now name it. Call the entire mall, “DECEPTION”. There really are driving intelligent forces that invent new ways of deceiving man. What you think you may be seeing is not always really what it seems. Think of a well known illusionist. His very job is to trick your mind. If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, looks like a duck and flies like a duck, it must be a duck right? There is no absolute truth or law to that. So, no.

Then what on earth are we to do? What is truly real and what is counterfeit? Thank God for, well God.

The Holy Spirit is the lens of Truth. He is a person, not electricity or the holy force of God. Call Him a Ghost or a Spirit only because you cannot see him, but as the wind remains invisible as it blows through the trees, He’s there and He’s a Person.

One of The Holy Spirit’s responsibility is in our gifts and accomplishments as a human race and as mankind. Tongues is one of many. Sometimes we as people, under tradition, will baulk when Y doesn’t equal X and no matter how hard we try, 2 + 2 won’t equal 4 even though WE KNOW it should. It’s OK. Everything’s gonna be OK. God’s got us, and glorifies Himself with His hidden mysterious that we may never comprehend nor understand. Well that’s not fair, we may say, again we need to get over it. That’s called suffering as God kills the pride in our hearts. He=God. We=People…NEVER to be God or gods. We can do all things (suffer) in Christ who gives us strength. And one thing we do is suffer. Jesus helps us suffer the refining process of purification God uses to burn the impurities out of His gold…us.

So before we judge, divide, ask questions, or impulsively respond, let’s invite (because He’s a gentlemen and won’t force Himself on us….also, life is a TEST) the One Truth Triune God into our lives, speech, and understanding.

My prayer is that this made sense to somebody. It is very deep and very thought provoking I will admit, but that’s just the way He made me. I once was a very ignorant agnostic. Be sure He didn’t make that. I choose it based on my understanding of the world around me, out of the eyes of a child on throughout early adulthood. What or who we used to be, is not who we really are once we learn of our true selves through the eyes of God. Just like when we think we know something, we really know nothing based on how much MORE is out there then our microscopic revelation.

May all the glory and praise be bestowed upon our very humble, yet furious, just, yet merciful, great and holy God. Thanks be to Him through the glorious Lord Christ Jesus, Amen.

If this inspired you; praise God, ask for His wisdom, go outside and share your testimony and God’s love. What Jesus did for you, He did for everybody.

Don’t fight either. I cannot stress that enough. Rebuke the IMPULSE to attack a skeptic’s misunderstanding or to defend God. If you feel you need to defend God through argument then your God is too small. Repent and accept Jesus. 🙂 Our God is a big eternal God and can handle himself. Can YOU handle your own responsbile response to an unbeliever’s questionable doubt? People refute due to lack of understanding or being stained by the acetone of religion. If you don’t know the right answer for them then pray and find someone who does. Give them a Bible, love them, pray for them, invite them to your home, feed them, cloth them, don’t ignore them. You never know which one is Jesus in disguise…testing YOU. He has the tendency of disciplining, training, correcting, guiding His own people before moving onto the world for it’s punishment.   (Kevin McCurrie,

March 28th, 2009


Since I wrote about the baptism in the Spirit a week or so ago, I have been musing about the gift of tongues which often accompanies the Spirit baptism.  As I see it, scripture talks about three uses of tongues.

The first type is that which occurred at Pentecost when all those in the upper room began to speak in tongues “as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  Those who heard them said, “how is that we hear, each in his own language?”    Either the disciples actually spoke in the various languages of those present, or God opened the ears of the listeners so each could hear in his own language.  I’ve heard of missionaries who have gone to foreign lands and were enabled to speak in the language of the new country without studying it, but I have had no personal experience of this gift.  So, on to the next.

Second, in 1 Cor. 12 we read: “There are varieties of gifts… another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”  I’ve seen this gift displayed a few times – it could actually be considered the gift of prophecy as it is a word from God to the people.  One person speaks in tongues and a second person is given an understanding of what is being said, thereby “interpreting.”

Third is the more usual gift of tongues, often received with the baptism in the Spirit.  In the previous two examples, the gift of tongues is used to speak to the people.  In this third one, it is used to speak to God – to praise, plea, or whatever.  In Acts 10 we see that the people in Caesarea had not even been baptized but “the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.”  And Peter said, “can anyone forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”  The gift of tongues was taken in this case as evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit and was being used to praise God.  In 1 Cor. 14:2 we read: “For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands him.”  I’d like to write a little of my experience with this particular kind of tongue-speaking.

Prayer meetings were a new phenomenon in the Catholic church when I attended my first one in the early 1970s.  I had heard unusual things about such meetings and curiosity led me to look into them.  The meetings were more “loose” than the ordinary Catholic service but I enjoyed them and have been going ever since.  Not long after that I learned that another Catholic church in the area was having a series of teachings on the baptism in the Spirit given by some Sisters from New York.  Again, I went, just out of curiosity.  I thought I was already committed to following Jesus and there was not much more needed.  We were told that at the end of the series we could be prayed with to receive the Spirit as the people did in the early church.  I considered not going forward for prayer as I was still agoraphobic at that time and not inclined to sit in the front of the church – but I went along with the program.  We sat in alternate pews, said a prayer of repentance, and then invited the Holy Spirit into our lives while others laid hands on our shoulders and prayed along with us.

Nothing seemed to happen.  After the meeting I browsed through the books on sale and selected The Cross and the Switchblade, not for myself  but thinking it was something my children might be willing to read.  As I reached to open the car door to go home I noticed that my lower jaw was shivering, and it was a little chilly.  At the next prayer meeting, Fr. Joe asked those who hadn’t received the gift of tongues to go into another room with him and we would pray for it.  Father prayed in tongues and soon my lower jaw was shaking again and I kind of warbled.  No words, but Father declared it was tongues and that was that.

Still dubious, a few days later, in my bedroom, the cat was on my bed and she purred as I petted her.  Interesting.  She purred when she received a loving touch.  She also purred when she was grooming and feeding her kittens.  I wondered if maybe the gift of tongues was similar?  Something inside vibrates when touched by the Spirit of Love?  Again my jaw shivered and I warbled and this time I knew I was using this gift to praise God.

Since that time my tongue has become more involved, sometimes forward in my mouth as in a la-la sound, sometimes near the throat with a more gutteral sound.  Also since that time I notice that when I sing my voice has a tremolo that it didn’t have previously.

I have chosen this video to show what the gift can sound like.  I do not know Lonnie Mackley but he seemed like a straightforward kind of guy with an impressive story.

In 2006 a study with brain scans of people speaking in tongues showed  no changes in the language areas, indicating that tongues did not involve the speech center, but, rather, increased activity in the emotional centers of the brain.  I can agree with those who have done these studies and who say that the part of the brain involved in speech is not involved.   I don’t have a clue as to what I’m going to say next – it just tumbles out.

When the Nativity Story appeared in theaters in 2006 I was struck by the sounds made by the women attending the birth of Elizabeth’s baby.  As soon as the child was born they all made a rather shrill warbling sound known as ululation.  It sounded to me like the gift of tongues.   When better to warble in praise than at the birth of a baby!  Surely that is a thing of wonder!  One writer describes  the Middle East custom of zaghareet as a joyous warbling sound “that welcomes a guest or announces a grand family event.”

Another thing that reminds me of tongues is yodeling.  Where better to praise the good Lord than on a mountain top, with the sky overhead and the valleys below?  Was the original yodel – with its repeated joyous L sounds – prompted by the Holy Spirit?

Oftentimes when someone is singing and words fail, the singer continues la-la-la-ing with whatever sounds happen to come out.   When singing springs from a joyous heart, how better to praise God?

These questions made me wonder whether praying in tongues is something that comes naturally to joyful humans.  Whether we go al-le-lu or tra-la-la or tura-lura-lura  what does it matter?  We’re talking to God, it’s coming from the heart and he knows what we mean.   What I am sure about is that when my mind turns to God, whether in thought or in song, this “tongues thing” happens.  And I like the connection to God that I feel then.

Finally, I think the best-ever book about tongues – easy to read, and ringing true – is Pat’s Boone’s A New Song published in 1970.  It is available on Amazon for a penny plus postage.  Pat writes, “Above everything else, I’ve tried to be honest.”  In describing his spiritual journey, Pat tells how he, his wife, and his four daughters individually and on separate occasions received the gift of tongues.  It is a joy to read.

If you need more convincing,  The Cross and the Switchblade is highly recommended.  It was, for me, a powerful glimpse into the way the Spirit can work in a yielded soul.


For the unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  — 1 Cor. 2:14